Warren sets up account for music in the park

Selectmen voted 4-0 Sept. 8 to create a separate budget account for money donated to provide music in the Woolen Mill Park.

Members of the Woolen Mill Park Committee met with selectmen during their regular meeting at the town office. The committee has been organizing the music in the park series including performances by Bay Winds North.

The committee has received some donations and is seeking grants to fund music in the park.

The committee also hopes to raise funds at some point for a storage building near the parking area. The storage building would be used by the Warren Day Committee, according to Town Manager Grant Watmough.

He said the building project is expected to cost about $8,000 for a 240-square-foot building. He said he believed that project was on hold until next year.

Rockland gets dividend

Rockland recently received an $8,992 dividend check from the Maine Municipal Association as a result of its good loss experience and loss prevention programs, the city announced.

The Maine Municipal Association offers three self-funded pools for municipal and quasi-public entities in Maine: the Workers Compensation Fund formed in 1978, the Property & Casualty Pool formed in 1987, and the Unemployment Compensation Fund formed in 1978.

More than 75 percent of participants receive dividends each year. This year, the Workers Compensation Fund sent out nearly $600,000 in dividends and the Casualty Pool returned nearly $400,000.

Aqua Maine’s new facility up and running

On Sept. 20, Aqua Maine will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the new water treatment facility that is now online and serving the communities of Rockland, Rockport, Camden, Thomaston, Owls Head and Warren. The plant is the first of its kind in the state of Maine to use membrane filters, and uses solar energy to help reduce power costs. The event begins at noon at the Aqua Maine Facility at 855 Rockland Street.

Rockport receives dividends for good loss experience

Rockport received a $4,093 dividend check from the Maine Municipal Association as a result of its good loss experience and loss prevention programs. MMA offers three self-funded pools for municipal and quasi-municipal entities in Maine: the Workers Compensation Fund, Property and Casualty Pool, and the Unemployment Compensation Fund. Each year, boards overseeing the programs determine if dividends can be paid. More than 75 percent of program participants receive dividends each year for their good risk management practices and loss experience. This year, the Worker Compensation Fund has distributed almost $600,000 in dividends, and the Property and Casualty Pool, $400,000. For more information, visit memun.org or call 800-590-5583.

Wiper motor catches fire in Camden

Camden’s fire department responded late in the afternoon on Sept. 14 to an engine compartment fire in a Ford Windstar parked in the lot next to Camden House of Pizza in downtown Camden. The small fire apparently started in the engine compartment, in the windshield wiper motor. The fire was quickly extinguished, but the owner of the Massachusetts-registered van did not return during the entire episode. Fire Chief Chris Farley visited several local hotels, with no luck in locating the owner. As of Tuesday night, he had yet to hear from the owner.

Lincolnville tests sewers, holds dangerous building hearing

Lincolnville selectmen were urged at their Sept. 13 regularly scheduled meeting to pick up the pace on testing septic systems on houses that sit within the Norton Pond and greater Megunticook Lake Watershed. They were also urged to contribute more money to the testing effort. Currently, Lincolnville is visiting all septic systems alongside the lake to try and determine where elevated bacteria counts might originate. The issue has concerned the town and members of the Megunticook Watershed Association, which has already kicked in $6,000. Town Administrator David Kinney reported that dye testing of septic systems are underway at three areas: the Narrows, where most seasonal homes are located, and where one septic system is now being replaced; a sub-watershed on the pond, mostly populated by year-round residents; and at the north end of the pond, where a major inlet brings water from Levensellar Pond to Norton Pond.

“We are asking people to do what a good homeowner does: check to see if there is a problem,’ said Kinney.

There are 135 properties on Norton Pond, and several hundred in the watershed area.

In other business, the selectmen agreed to hold a dangerous building hearing on the blue house that sits at the corner of routes 237 and 173 in Lincolnville Center, across from Petunia Pump. The house, owned by Donald Simonton of Haverhill, Mass., is now in the hands of Chase Home Finance LLC, which foreclosed on the property. Last year, the selectmen voted to remove trash from the outside of the house. According to town records, the house was built around 1920. The town contracted with a housing inspector, who declared the house dangerous. A dangerous building hearing, according to state statute, allows a municipality to determine the disposal of a building or structure that has been deemed hazardous and unsafe after holding a public hearing.

Lincolnville held off on such a hearing until the house was auctioned on Aug. 24; however, that auction did not take place and the selectmen are now proceeding with the hearing. They also are encouraging the bank to just give the house to the town, contingent on voter approval. The property had been listed on the market for $50,000 as a two-family apartment house on a 1.2-acre corner lot.

Hope Historical Society hosts friendship quilt talk

On Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Hope Historical Society’s monthly meeting, Juanita Johnson Hunt will display her mother’s friendship quilt and talk about the social relationships embedded in it and in its making.

Hunt’s mother, Ruth Hunt Johnson, lived on the Johnson poultry farm on Howe Hill Road over the Hope line. Though in Camden, the quilt shows that the Johnsons were not beyond Hope at all. Their social relationships were there.

The meeting will be a chance to revisit another of treasured artifacts, the historical society’s pre-1843 friendship quilt. In 1843, northwestern Hope, with better mill sites, was the prosperous part of town; it seceded. The names on the ancient quilt squares show that it comes from what is now North Appleton.

Like all meetings of the Hope Historical Society, this one, at Hope Historical Home, 479 Camden Road (Route 105), is free and open to the public. Beverages and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Publicity Head Hope Chase at 785-4903 or hopeichase@gmail.com.